Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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Our Faculty

More than 150 faculty members work within the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. They have a wide range of expertise, from monitoring and assessing health risks and opportunities in populations, to helping build health-supporting social environments through policy, advocacy, and programs. They are educators, advisors, researchers, practitioners and community leaders. They come from backgrounds in quantitative, behavioral, environmental and social sciences, policy and government, exercise and health sciences and anthropology, among many other areas. They all work in collaboration with each other and with community partners, and are especially focused on the training and education of future leaders and practitioners in the public health fields.

 

Programs

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Applied Practice Experience – CPH 513

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The Applied Practice Experience course will facilitate development and completion of a portfolio that requires students to demonstrate attainment of selected competencies. Students will study portfolio use and development in higher education.

It is recommended that students have completed at least 18 credits of their MPH program to have garnered enough experiences to be used in the portfolio assignment. Students will not be allowed to register for this course during their first term of their MPH program.

This course will begin running in Fall 2019.

Grade mode: Pass / No Pass.

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Chemical Transport Processes in Env. Health – ESHH 534

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This course covers fundamental concepts of chemical mass transport in the environment and within the human body. It addresses advective and diffusive transport, and dispersion in advection-driven systems. Media include air, water and soil as well as the major organs of the body. Transport scales range from global to cellular.

Concepts of Environmental Health – ESHH 511 / 611

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An intensive course designed to familiarize students with fundamentals of environmental health from a scientific and conceptual perspective. Topics are considered within multi-causal, ecological, adaptive systems, and risk-assessment frameworks. Includes consideration of biological, chemical, and physical agents in the environment, which influence public health and well-being.

Doctoral students register for the ESHH 611 section.

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Environmental Biology – ESHH 532

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The course provides an introduction to biological processes in environmental systems and the influence of human activities on these processes. Topics include ecology and evolution, population growth, natural resources, and environmental sustainability. In addition to fundamental knowledge in biology, students will demonstrate understanding of environmental inter-relationships and contemporary environmental issues.

Environmental Chemistry – ESHH 530

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This course provides an overview of chemical processes that are important in the environment and examines how they impact human health. Topics will include atmospheric chemistry, aquatic chemistry, industrial chemistry, hazardous waste chemistry, environmental restoration, as well as regulations for protecting human and environmental health from hazardous chemicals.

Environmental Health in a Changing World – ESHH 519

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Environmental hazards that affect human health are examined in the context of current social, political and regulatory pressures.  Emphasis will be on public health security and disaster response.  Topics include the effect of environment hazards (i.e. tsunami, volcano, flooding, earthquake, storms, extreme heat and cold) on human health, environmental change and emerging and re-emerging disease, government agencies and response planning, technology and public health crises, public health response to terrorism, industrial emergencies, mental health issues, and response for special populations.

Environmental Toxicology & Risk Assessment – ESHH 529

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This course covers the health effects of chemicals in the environment and regulatory risk assessment. Methods for both human health and ecological risk assessment will be presented including hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose-response relationships, risk communication, toxicity testing, and computational models in toxicology. Special emphasis will be placed upon ethical risk assessment and communication with regards to sensitive sub-populations.

Epidemiology I – EPI 512 / 612

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This is the first course in a three course sequence designed for MPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics majors. Textbook based; e.g. Gordis Epidemiology. Basic epidemiological principles applicable to infectious and non-infectious diseases, host-agent-environmental relationships, and concepts of disease causation will be reviewed. Students will gain familiarity with epidemiologic measures such as incidence, prevalence, mortality, natality, case fatality, relative risk and other rates and ratios and will use age-adjustment and other standardization techniques. Types and sources of public health data will be reviewed, their use in comparing groups, and statistical significance. Epidemic curves, outbreak investigation principles, surveillance concepts and basic designs of observational studies and sources of bias will be covered.

Students in the MPH Epidemiology and MPH Biostatistics programs should take the on-campus Epi I course.

Doctoral students register for the EPI 612 section.

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Field Experience – ESHH 509

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The objective of the MPH program is to develop environmental health leaders who can synthesize the technical, environmental, economic, health, and social issues involved in the design and operation of complex environmental health systems, and organizations. The purpose of the public health practicum is to provide students with a work-related experience designed to integrate environmental health theory and practice in an applied setting under supervision. Students will develop and demonstrate their skill at synthesis through participation in the public health practicum. At the end of the practicum students will present their projects in an open forum accessible by community members. ESHH 509 may be taken as two 3-credit courses during subsequent terms.

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Global Health Program Evaluation & Mgmt – HSMP 590

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Program evaluation is a field of study and practice that is applicable across areas and disciplines. This course provides students with the theoretical and practical bases for the trans-discipline of program evaluation. The course emphasizes evaluation in the context of global health programs. Students will develop basic skills in a variety of approaches to evaluation, including techniques that are particularly suitable for evaluating global health programs.

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Health Systems Organization – HSMP 574 / 674

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This course introduces basic concepts and issues in the organization, financing, and delivery of health services. The emphasis is on the systemic aspects of health services production and delivery which address the health needs of populations with respect to death, disease, disability, discomfort, and dissatisfaction. Students will examine the inter-relationships of system structures, subsystems, and processes, as well as their interactions with the larger social, cultural, economic and political environments in which they exist. The focus is on the United States, with international comparisons used to illustrate similarities and differences.

The following sections are offered online: Baker. All other sections are offered in-person.

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Integrative Learning Experience – ESHH 506

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The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) requires MPH students to synthesize selected competencies from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The ILE involves students working with preceptors at organizations outside of the SPH. During the ILE, students will create a substantial written product that is appropriate for each student’s educational and professional objectives as well as complete other required assignments. The ILE occurs toward the end of a student’s program of study.

This course will begin running in Winter 2020.

Introduction to Biostatistics – BSTA 525

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The goal of this course is to cover the broad range of statistical methods used in health sciences. Methods of summarizing data through graphical displays and numerical measures will be discussed. Basic probability concepts will be explored to establish the basis for statistical inference. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing will be studied with emphasis in applying these methods to relevant situations. Both normal theory and non-parametric approaches will be studied. Course focus will be to understand when to use basic statistical methods how to compute tests to statistics and how to interpret results. Computer applications (using SPSS) are included as part of the course.

Online: Summer and Fall

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Principles of Health Behavior I – PHE 512

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Presents an overview of the biological, psychological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental factors that function in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Theories developed to explain health and illness behaviors at intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group/community levels are introduced. Ethical issues involved in health-related behavior change are examined.

Principles of Occupational Health – ESHH 521

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Students will learn about the current Total Worker Health approach to creating safe and healthful work environments, focusing on workplace hazards and the methods and strategies for their elimination or control. Topics are expected to include occupational health professions, evaluation of hazards and the hierarchy of controls, chemical and physical hazards, psychosocial issues, shift work, workers’ compensation and health care, global and emerging issues, special and priority populations (guided by faculty research and student interest), contingent and informal working populations, and workplace interventions (e.g., policy, organizational systems, engineering, job design, ergonomics, leadership, selection and training, and behavior change).

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Qualitative Methods for Health Professionals – UNI 504

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This course is designed for students from across health and science disciplines to obtain hands-on experience in qualitative research methods. The 2 credit course is designed to promote collaboration across disciplines through an introduction to qualitative approaches, such as interviews, focus groups, and observational procedures, which can be applied across research disciplines as a sole methodology or as part of a mixed-methods design. Students will work in interprofessional teams to plan for and engage in basic data collection and analysis, with a focus on study design, sampling and selection, budgeting for qualitative tasks, data management, coding, content analysis and reporting. Attention will be paid to the specific issues of ethics and confidentiality in qualitative research, as well as the unique challenges of rigor and reproducibility as they apply to qualitative methods. At the end of the course, students will be able to select an appropriate qualitative method, implement it with their target population, analyze the results, and present it clearly.

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Values & Ethics in Health – HSMP 573 / 673

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This course addresses issues and questions regarding values and ethics in health, with particular attention to public health practice and health policy and management. It provides students with opportunities to consider issues in health and social services that challenge values and pose ethical issues, and assists students in addressing these issues in the context of both personal and organizational values and beliefs. Specific course content includes, but is not limited to, ethical issues such as reproductive issues, emerging diseases, product liability, pharmaceutical controls, advertising, occupational and environmental issues, and research dilemmas.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 673 section.

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
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